Friday, January 16, 2009

Evidence of Activity

After all the flurry of work, getting the next issue of Knitcircus ready for the printer, it's hard to believe I have other stuff to show you.


My friend Jim asked me to make him a hat based on my Iron Mountain hat quite a while ago. He picked out the colors from yarns I had in stash, and I started late last winter. Then I parked it. Finally, I dug it out and finished it up. (Shown here on The Little Emperor.) Yarn: unknown stash yarns, around sport or DK weight.


While I was getting all the formatting done on Knitcircus #5, I noticed that my hands often got bone-cold while sitting at my computer for hours at a time. And I thought, maybe after all this time being the last hold-out, I could get in on this trend. So, the world's quickest project: a pair of wristwarmers.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted wt. superwash. Color: Sable (naturally!) that I picked up in a swap at alt knitting camp last summer. (Thanks Kathy!) On my next pair, I'll make the wrist cuff ribbing longer. For most other women, I'd make these a bunch narrower.


These dishtowels are just a silly little filler project. I found a dress in the bins at Diggers Outlet last summer (all textiles, $1 a pound!) that was really ugly in the sum of its parts, but I liked the fabric. A nice seersucker in a grey-green kind of cotton. As it turned out, I also had a baggie full of cards of vintage rick-rack from a different thrift shop jaunt. This black and white rickrack just seemed to go so perfectly with this fabric.


Another quick sewing project...
Yesterday, I was pawing through all my knitting needles, trying to get sets together and organize them in some retrievable way. It occurred to me that I need another double point case. After digging out the rest of the striped fabric (seen in some shopping totes a few months back), and some remnant heap quilting cotton, I made this one.


The concept is very simple. Two rectangles, one of lining and one of main fabric. Sew together, right sides together, leaving an opening for turning. Don't forget to get your button loop inserted in the seam! Turn, press, fold over ends. Topstitch flap in place. On the other side, sew parallel lines to hold needles. Sew on a button.


Voila!

10 comments:

MarieGrace said...

Gotta love a woman who can bag her own needles!

I'm jealous of those dishtowels... I have a thing for grey and seer sucker... they look great.

Batty said...

You really have been busy! It's so cold out, and just looking at that hat makes me happy. And at the smiling kid face. Heck, the smiling kid face alone is enough to make me feel warmer.

Bezzie said...

Good lord you've been busy.

I love the towels. But you're right that must have been a hideous dress!

Cindy G said...

The towels are adorable! Actually, everything looks good, but I'm really taken with the towels.

MollyBeees said...

Look at you go! Doesn't it feel great to finish a bunch of projects. All of the items are adorable...especially the L.E.

Sarah said...

Geez- you've been doing all this on top of the new Knitcircus! I'm impressed!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

I don't think you got the brown destash yarn from me. In fact, I would've gone for it. You must have beat me to it! And do you love the wrist warmers or what? Number 2: That's extra special 2 tone rick rack. I think I have a skirt, which I loved back when I could button it, out of a nice crispy, crispy smooth rayon that turned into that seer suckery fabric when I washed it and I still loved the skirt, only more casually. 3. That stripey stuff looks like it came from my material stash and the little suns fabric looks like it belongs in my fabric stash. Are we the same person only I'm shorter?

dale-harriet said...

LOVE those needle cases! You make them sound so easy, I even thought about....but no, the minute I formed the thought I heard my sewing machine start growling. Rubber bands aren't glamorous but they'll do {G}

Sarah said...

Dang, I didn't know you sewed too! Oh, and C's eyelashes are gorgeous. Hmmm, maybe he isn't too old to be Isabel's future love....in like, 25 yrs....

Leslie said...

Wow, you are a busy lady. That hat looks so cute on LE--it makes his blue eyes even bluer!